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VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
Irish harpist, oboist, horn and keyboard player Derek Bell was born in Belfast on 21 October 1935. He studied at London's Royal College of Music (where he received the Manns Prize), and also with Leon Goossens.
Before joining the Irish band 'The Chieftains' in 1972 he played in orchestras in England, Hungary, Ireland, Russia and the USA, and was Professor of Harp at the Academy of Music in Belfast.
Jennifer Paull has spoken of Bell's generosity, flying at his own expense from China to play in her ensemble, and Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Seán Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Seán Potts and Michael Tubridy (the remaining members of The Chieftains) commented in a joint statement that his passing (in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, aged sixty-six, on 17 October 2002) 'leaves a silence that will never be filled'.
The Bell Tolls too soon for Derek - A tribute to Derek Bell (1935-2002) of The Chieftains, by Jennifer Paull